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Vol. 100 No. 149 Sunday, December 13, 2009


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Nse d School board honors fall athletes


Alligator found in
storm drain ...Page 4


Index
Classifieds .................................. 16-17
Community Events............................ 6
Crossw ord....................................... 17
Obituaries............................ ... 6
O pinion... ..................................... 5
S peak O ut ........................................ 4
Sports................................... 14-15, 20
W weather ........................................ 6

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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Members of the Okeechobee
High School swim team, volley-
ball team, golf team and marching
band who reached great heights
this fall were honored Tuesday
night at the monthly meeting of
the Okeechobee County School
Board.
Members of the swim team that
qualified for the regional swim
meet this year included Sarah An-
nis, Savannah Asmussen, Jaiden
Barnhart, Celena Letcher, Alex
Ming, Kenny Murphy, and Jessica
Wackier.
Senior members of the vol-
leyball squad that reached the re-
gional quarterfinal include Megan
Clements, Monica Koger, Janezzka
Koger, and Caitlyn Gaucin.
Members of the golf teams that
qualified for the regional included
Kailey Hoover, Richard Donegan,


Tim Gray, Tyler Platt, Kodi Ste-
phen, and Mike Watson.
Seniors on the marching band
that were honored Tuesday were
Libby Barker, Dianna Bradley, Lo-
gan Kindell, Cody Mohr, Layton
Shumate, Brooke Stewart, and
Kathleen Turner.
Band Director Clint LaFlam said
the seniors have worked very hard
over the past four years. He said
the band earned their first straight
superior rating since 2000 at the
recent District Florida bandmas-
ters competition.
The board also honored Bu-
eford 'Bob' Moore of the Trans-
portation Department who retired
after six years of service to the
district.
Moore said he was very pleased
to have worked for the system.
"I've enjoyed every minute of it.
I've met a lot of good people,"
he said. He retired from General


Motors before taking a job for
Okeechobee schools.
Brian Barrett gave a report on
energy savings. He said the district
has saved $334,318 over the past
year through energy conservation
efforts. Okeechobee High School
saved $94,364 alone. Since the
energy conservation program was
put into existence the district has
saved $1.87 million.
The school board voted to ex-
pel three students, one an eighth
grader at New Endeavor High
School for defiance of authority
was expelled for the remainder of
the school year. An 11th grader at
New Endeavor was expelled for
the remainder of the first semes-
ter for possession of prescription
drugs on campus. An eighth grad-
er at New Endeavor was expelled
for the first semester for defiance
of authority.
The board also hired a new ne-


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Monica Koger (left) and Janez-
zka Koger (right), two senior
volleyball players, were hon-
ored at the monthly School
Board meeting.
gotiator for their annual collective
bargaining sessions. Jerry Cope-
land of Educational Management
Consultant Services will serve for
three years and be paid $1,400 per
month.

See OCSB Page 12


Christmas carols
At the North Elementary School PTO meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, first graders and fourth graders performed for the audience.
They sang several Christmas carols, including: First graders Up on the Housetop, Must Be Santa, Jingle Bells, Rudolph, the
Red-Nosed Reindeer. Fourth graders sang It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Silver Bells, Deck the Halls. More than
100 students performed at this meeting!


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Report: Man led cops on 100mph chase


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Lehigh Acres man was arrested after
he led deputies on a car chase at speeds of
100 mph throughout the southeast section
of Okeechobee County.
Brent Michael Poulston,
19, Connie Ave. N., was ar
rested early Friday, Dec. 11,
on a felony charge of flee-
ing and attempting to elude
a law enforcement officer.
He was also arrested on a
misdemeanor charge of
reckless driving. Brent Michael
Poulston was booked Poulston
into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $6,000.
The chase apparently started around
midnight when Deputy Steven McKinley,
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), saw a white Chevrolet pickup truck
traveling at an estimated 70 mph in a 45
mph zone on U.S. 441 S.
According to the deputy's report, he fell
in behind the 2002 four-door pickup and,
with his emergency lights flashing and his
siren sounding, followed the truck south
on U.S. 441 S.E. at speeds up to 100 mph.


The driver of the truck, determined later to
be Poulston, slowed enough to turn off U.S.
441 S.E. onto S.E. 86th Blvd. (15-A). Poulston
then turned south onto S.R. 710, then turned
off onto 15-B where he continued toward
north on U.S. 441 S.E. at 90 mph, continued
the deputy's report.
After turning onto U.S. 441 S.E. Poulston
raced back to 15-A where he again turned
east, stated Deputy McKinley. However,
OCSO Deputy Rusty Hartsfield was waiting
for him and when Poulston reached the in-
tersection of 15-A and S.R. 710 he deployed
stop sticks. The stop sticks caused the right
front tire on Poulston's truck to deflate.
But, according to Deputy McKinley, that
did not stop Poulston.
Poulston turned north onto S.R. 710, stat-
ed the deputy, and at speeds topping 80 mph
and the front tire shredding, he turned onto
S.E. 59th Blvd. where he ran off the road. At
this point, Deputy McKinley said Poulston
switched the truck from two-wheel drive to
four-wheel drive and drove west on S.E. 59th
Blvd.
The deputy said the front tire on Poul-
ston's truck was now completely gone and
he was driving 40 mph on the rim. He was
reportedly swerving back and forth across


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Marcel Bates David Thomas Arnold III, DOB
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OPINION


Public Forum/Speak Out


Sunday, December 13, 2009


Letters to the editor


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new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

In the mail
I do not know how many times I have
received someone else's mail. I can tell you
that other people have received my packag-
es. Now this is just a small annoyance, how-
ever, this time I ordered special address tags
about a month ago. I just called to check on
them and they shipped out on 11/23! Imag-
ine that! And where are they?
I live in a retirement community and
the post office drops the mail off for 600
plus people (in season) There are several
home owners who vol. to put the mail in
the mail boxes. Anything of importance or
personal gets opened. Last year I was get-
ting a lot of mail from the Sheriff's Office
(I was a witness in an up coming case). I
was also receiving mail from my attorney. It
was so obvious my mail was being opened.
I was receiving a lot of mail from the vic-
tim assistance program through the courts.
I went and spoke with her and asked her
if she taped the back of her envelopes and
she said no, and she personally sent out the
mail. They were opening my mail and then
taping it back shut. Since this is a federal of-
fense, I went to the local post office. They
advised me to rent a PO Box.
I rented a PO Box years ago because
even though I live in a nice neighborhood,
my mail was not safe. We had mail disap-
pear. I had someone try to get a credit card
in my spouse's name using information sto-
len from the mail. And every so often the lit-
tle darlings from down the street would ride
by on a four-wheeler and knock the mail-
box down. Of course their mother swore
they didn't do it, even when there were wit-
nesses. I have found using the PO Box is
much safer. However, I am concerned that
on occasion I find someone else's mail in
my PO Box, which makes me wonder if my
mail might sometimes wind up in someone
else's PO Box too.


Parking police
I just wanted to say thank you to the
lady in the store parking lot today. She took
it upon herself to correct me on how to park
in the parking lot, when she herself was tak-
ing up two spaces. Then proceeded to yell at
me when I stated that fact to her. So, thank
you, for being the parking police for me.
SWhat is it with the handicapped park-
ing anyway? It
seems to me,
when I see

is parking in a
handicapped
space, they
seem fine to
me. They get
out of the car on their own, they walk on
their own, they drive on their own, what's
the handicap? Can anyone get one of these
things? Can you get a note from a doctor
saying my back's bad, my knees ache, I'm
fat and I'm just lazy, or any other hair brain
excuse? Seems to me if you're able to drive,
you're NOT handicapped in any way. If
you're handicapped, you would need some-
one to drive you!
Some who have the handicapped park-
ing tag do indeed have just such a situation,
but sometimes the actual person who was
issued the tag may not be with them at the
time of sighting. Using the tag that way is
illegal. Others have been issued the tag as
they can't walk any distance without stop-
ping to "rest" (the bad knees or back). Hav-
ing this condition wouldn't prevent a per-
son from driving, but walking may indeed
be another issue. I certainly can't argue that
this is abused by some. I witnessed a man
who was in gym clothes park in a handi-
capped spot, then he jogged into the store!
Something that bothers me is the parking
of motorcycles in the striped areas near the
handicapped spots.
How about the small cars that park
in the striped areas? It's like O.K., I have a
small car so I won't get a ticket if I park here.
Who do these people think they are? I have
to walk half a mile to the door, why can't
you?
I have never seen anyone receive a
ticket for being parked in those striped ar-
eas. And yes, they are usually motorcycles
or scooters. And that's with police there. I
have a disability (back surgery) and on cer-
tain days it's very hard to walk.


Alligator found
in storm drain
I am writing this to set the record straight.
There are numerous stories circling around
the internet. Here are the facts!
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Allen Glazier from
WW Engineering, Inc. out of Jacksonville,
was doing inspections on Okeechobee's
storm drains. They came to the drain at the
corner of Southeast 8th Avenue and State
Road 70 East and discovered the drain was
home to an 11 foot alligator.
They called FWC who in turn issued a
permit to Rick Lightsey, the nuisance alliga-
tor trapper for Okeechobee County.
After checking the situation out, Lightsey
decided that they would need to set hooks to
try to catch him. There was not room in the


drain for the alligator and a trapper.
The hooks were set Wednesday night,
and Thursday morning he was on the line.
He was more than all the helpers combined
could possibly pull out, so Lightsey called
Rick's Crane to come and lift the alligator
out.
The crane operator, Wade Lightsey, had
to go down into the storm drain himself to
hook up the alligator. After about two hours
of working with him, they finally got him out
of the drain. He was indeed 11 feet. Many
drivers from that morning are probably still
wondering what was going on. I hope this
answers their questions.
Remember, it's Florida. An alligator can
show up anywhere there is water.


An inspection of the storm drain at the intersection of Southeast 8th Avenue and
State Road 70 E last week found an unusual blockage. An 11-foot alligator had
taken up residence in the drain. It took a crane to get the giant reptile out of the
storm drain.

Santa Claus available for photos at City Hall Park
Santa Claus will be available for pictures in City Hall Park just east of City Hall on State

Road 70, on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, from 6 until 8 p.m.


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December 13, 2009


Community Calendar


SUNDAY
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will
be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until
8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
MONDAY
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
A.A. Grapevine open meetings will be held
at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrot Ave.
Coast Guard Auxiliary of Okeechobee
meets the second Monday of each month, at
7 p.m. at the entrance to Okee-Tantie Camp
Grounds. We are seeking new members who
are, "Semper Paratus Always Ready."
For information call 863-824-7623
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and
bingo will start at noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441
S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are invit-
ed. Please R.S.V.P to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30


a.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule
an appearance for your organization or group,
contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed
chapter in Okeechobee. This chapter meets
at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3
p.m. Karen Graves, Chapter leader would like to
extend a warm welcome to any interested per-
sons to come by and see what they are about.
For information call 863-763-6952.
Flottilla 57 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
meets at 7 p.m. at the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Station located at the entrance to Okeetantie on
Road 78 on the second Monday of each month.
Everyone is welcome to come as a guest and in-
quire about membership. Do get your safe boat-
ing certification. Call to enroll for course or to in-
quire about membership 863-763-0165.
TUESDAY
Civil Air Patrol set to meet
The Civil Air Patrol meets each Tuesday
evening at the Okeechobee Airport T-Hanger


Reflections from the Pulpit


By Rev. Calvin H. Fryar
Brighton Baptist Church

The Birth of the "Morning Star"
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with
exceeding great joy." (Matthew 2:10).
Numbers 24:17 tells us that "there shall
come a Star out of Jacob and a Sceptre shall
rise out of Israel." Evidently, the wise men
knew this prophesy and looked for the star
which foretold the birth of the King of the
Jews. They were familiar with the prophesy
and looked for the star which foretold the birth
of the Great King in the heavens. Then, one
day, it happened, the Star appeared.
Some say the Star of Bethlehem was caused
by Jupiter and Saturn which were normally in
different parts of the sky. They came so near to
each other that their light seemed to become
as one star, and to the unassisted eye, they ap
peared together as one very bright star. This
was continued for months.
This may or may not be true; what really
matters is that we understand that the hand of
God was involved in it all. God sent a heavenly
light to announce the coming of The True Light
into the world.
There is much false light in our world. Ev
erywhere you turn, someone has an answer
for your particular problem. Many of these
so called experts only cause the problem to
become worse. But the source of true light is
available to those who look up to heaven for
their answers.
Bible teacher A.T. Pierson tells about a new
convert to Christ who had a strange dream in
which he was trapped down in a very deep
well in the night. He looked up and saw a sin
gle star shining far above him, and it seemed
to let down lines of silver light that took hold
upon him an lifted him up. Then he looked
down, and he began to go down. He looked
up, and he began to go up; he looked down,
and he began to go down again. He found that
by simply keeping his eye on that star, he rose
out of the well until his foot stood on the firm
ground.
The dream was a parable, said Dr. Pierson.
"Get your eyes off yourself and on your Savior,
get them off your disease and on your physi
cian....Now and here, turn your eyes to the
Lord Jesus." Satan, the Hinderer, may build
a barrier about us, Hudson Taylor once said,
"but he can never roof us in so that we cannot


look up." Robert J. Morgan, "Nelson's Comn
plete Book of Stories"
God has placed a perfect guide in the heav
ens for the faithful-the Star rose over Bethle
hem.
God has given us a Guiding Star to lead us
through the dark hours of our day. He will give
all the light we need if we would only look up
from the muck of this world. But if we lose His
guidance, we have lost it all-the wise men
didn't lose it and they didn't stop until they
found Him!
When the wise men followed the Star it led
them to a place called Bethlehem and stood
over a house. The Star stopped over Jesus. By
this time he was with His mother in a House.
(Matthew 2:11)
Too many people try to understand the
world without Jesus. But we can never un
derstand God's creation without first knowing
Christ Jesus. Evidently, these men were wise
because they studied the heavens for spiritual
truth, not science fiction. And as a result, they
found His Star and followed Jesus.
Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass
away: but my words shall not pass away."
(Mark 13:31) According to God's Word, the
Star will never set-the incarnate Word will
never pass away.
At the end of John's letter to the church
at Ephesus, with its terrific pronouncements
of judgement and punishment, comes this
beautiful promise, "I will give him the morn
ing star." (Revelation 2:28) I have marveled at
the beauty of the morning star. If ever you have
waited for the coming of the morning, you
know what the morning star means. When
the morning star appeared on the horizon, you
knew that night was almost over, that the day
and the dawn were at hand.
How beautiful, then, is the promise which
Christ gives to his faithful Church. He Himself
is the Morning Star. He gives Himself to us even
now in his Holy Spirit, in the record of his life
and death. One day he will give himself to us in
a new and glorious appearance. "Encyclope
dia of 15,000 Illustrations"
Science is groping through the slime, look
ing for the missing link-a link that binds us to
the beast or a worm. It has found no such link!
All they have to do is look to the heaven above
and they will find the true link. Our life is from
the stars, not the muck. Look up and you will
find that missing link. Get your eyes out of the
muck of this world and lift them to the stars.


#1, meetings start at 7:30 p.m. For information
please call Capt. Joe Papasso 561-252-0916 or
Lt. Greg Gernat 863-697-9915 Rotary Club of
Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.
The meetings are open to the public. For infor-
mation, contact Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
0110.
Community Gospel Sing will be held ev-
ery Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Seventh Day Christian
Church, next door to Douglas Chiropractic
and Fitness Center. The pubic is invited to
participate.
New Beginnings Narcotics Anonymous
has moved to 103 S.W. Second Ave. at 7 p.m.
For information, call Monika at 801-3244 or Rocy
at 610-0975.
AI-Ateen meeting will be held at the Church
of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call Amy at 863-763-
8531 or Dan 561-662-2799.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 un-
til 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St.
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is
for women who are hurting, homeless or been
abused. They meet on the first and third Tuesday
of every month at First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday
of every month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave. For more infor-
mation call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-
357-4447.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5
p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. For more information, call The Family
History Center at 863-763-6510 or Richard Smith
at 863-261-5706 for special appointments.
Widows and Widowers support group meets
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Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, June
Scheer at 863-634-8276.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group
meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1735
S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner
at 863-763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith
Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal
and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets ev-
ery Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hospice building
located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact
Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a week-
ly meeting. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets
at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use
4th Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is
not a diet club. The only requirement for mem-
bership is a desire to stop eating compulsive-
ly. For more information call Loretta at 863-763-
7165 or 863-697-0206.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St., will be hosting God's Time -- a
morning of free organized Christian activities that
includes play, instruction and interaction for par-
ents and their pre-school children. The event will
be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Child care will be provided for infants during the
class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr.,
holds meetings for persons with alcohol and
drug related problems at 6 p.m. For information
call 863-357-3053.



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Community Events


Gospel concert Dec. 13
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church will host
Stan Shuman in Concert, Sunday, Dec. 13,
11 a.m. Stan Shuman is from Cocoa, and is
an internationally known singer/song writer.
He was formerly with Jerry and the Singing
Goffs, Naomi and the Segos. He is currently
with Danny Funderburk and Mercy's Way.
Stan has written for The Kinsmen, Gold City,
The Anchormen, and many more! Buckhead
Ridge Baptist Church is located on Hunter
Road, one mile on the left after turning at
the Sunoco Station on Hwy 78 W in Buck-
head Ridge. For info, contact Pastor Richard
Postell, 863-763-3442. Buckhead Ridge Bap-
tist Church is located on Hunter Road, one
mile on the left after turning at the Sunoco
Station on Hwy. 78 W in Buckhead Ridge.
For information, please call Pastor Richard
Postell at 863-763-3442.


Candle lighting
memorial planned
The Compassionate Friends organization
will hold a Candle lighting memorial on Sat-
urday, Dec. 13, from 6:45 until 8 p.m. in Park
#3 between Park Street and Hwy. 70 across
from Village Square Restaurant. The candle
lighting is in conjunction with other events
like it in Florida and around the globe, to com-
memorate the death of child (at any age from
any cause). The event will feature the lighting
of candles and reading of children's names.
Sharing time will be at 6:45 p.m. Bring a pic-
ture or remembrance and a handle to light.
For more information, please contact Jeanette
Miller at 863-634-2307 or by email at: miller@
pritchardsinc.com.

Turkey Shoot planned
The Fraternal Order of Eagles #4137 will
hold a turkey shoot on Saturday, Dec. 19, at
9 a.m. until. For further information, call 863-
763-2552.


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Elaine Hatcher Jarriel, 89
WEST PALM BEACH -Elaine Jarriel, formerly
of ('i.... i-l I., passed away Wednesday, De-
cember 9,2009. She was 89.
Born March 24, 1920 in Tattnall County, Ga.,
she attended Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church in
Okeechobee.
Mrs. Jarriel was
preceded in death
by her husband, Ed- .
ward Jarriel; two
brothers, H. Byron .
Hatcher and Harry
Hatcher; and two
sisters, Nadine
McCall (Steve) and
Edna Garland (Cur-
tis).
She is survived by
her sons,
Donald E. Jarriel (Susan) and Daryl L.
Jarriel; sisters-in-law, Carrie Hatcher and Ellen
Hatcher; brothers, C.F Hatcher (Virginia), and
Robert L. Hatcher; two grandchildren, Jonathan
Jarriel (Tammy) and Renae Jarriel; great-grand-
children, Tyler, Lyndsey, Ashlee and Brayden;
and many friends.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Decem-
ber 16, 2009, at Belvedere Baptist Church, West
Palm Beach, until services at 11 a.m. Interment
will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, West
Palm Beach.
Memorials may be made to Buckhead Ridge
Baptist Church (Building Fund), 8 Cypress St.
N.E., Okeechobee, FL 34974.
Friends may sign the ,,- ,i i..... i. at www.bas-
*. I.... Ii. ,i ,, Ii .1-...
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., (li .. ii,, FL
34972.


Florine May Rhymes, 77
OKEECHOBEE Florine May Rhymes, age
77, of ('i.. I, i,,, passed away Nov. 3, 2009,
at St. Lucie Medical Center.
Born July 15, 1932, in LaBelle, to the late Ros-
sie "Tony" and Ivy May she was a homemaker of
the Brethren faith. She enjoyed yard work, gar-
dening, reading and cooking. She was a mem-
ber of the Brethren Church in Bassinger.
She was a beloved wife to Herman Rhymes;
mother to Jody Rhymes and Judy Stacy all of
( i., I, i,,,, grandmother of three grandsons.
She is also survived by a host of nieces and
nephews.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
19, at Grace Brethren Church with Pastor Jim
Waters officiating.
Judy Ann Johnson, 54
OKEECHOBEE -Judy Ann Johnson, died
Wednesday, December 9, 2009, in her resi-
dence. She was 54.
Born May 22, 1955 in Tampa, she had been a
resident of ( i.. i I. .. for 46 years.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lil-
lie Johnson; father, William Johnson; brothers,
Gary Johnson, Charles Johnson, and Richard
Catlett; and sisters, Mary White and Brenda
Johnson.
She is survived by her sisters, Etta Mae Suarez
of Eadonton, Ga., Linda Sutton of Linville, N.C.,
Pat Hickman, and Ruby Evans, both of Okee-
chobee; and companion, Johnny Waters of
(0 I., I,,,I .
A Memorial Service was 10 a.m. Saturday, De-
cember 12, 2009, at the North ('i.,,,i,,i. ...
Church of God.
All arrangements are under the direction and
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 N.E. 5th Street, Okeechobee.
On-line condolences may be made at
www.buxtonfuneralhome.com.


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Breakfast set for
Masonic Lodge
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of
the Eastern Star will host an all-you-can-
eat Breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth
Avenue. The cost of the Breakfast is a $6
donation and the menu includes scrambled
eggs, hash brown casserole, ham, biscuits
and sausage gravy, grits, coffee and orange
juice. Join us for a delicious breakfast! For
information, contact Mary Ann Holt at 863-
634-8087 or Rick Ellsworth, Worthy Patron
at 863-467-2096.

Nutritional class to be taught
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a CRA
Nutritional Analysis class on Monday, Dec.
14, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Douglas
Chiropractic and Fitness Center. This is a free
class. For information call 863-763-4320.


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Fantasy 5: 3-5-16-27-31. Numbers se-
lected Friday in the Florida Lottery are:
Cash 3: 1-7-3; Play 4: 7-5-3-7.


Local Forecast

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm wind
becoming south between 5 and 10 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 62.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.
Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 10
mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 64. East wind around 5 mph becoming
calm.
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Calm wind
becoming south between 5 and 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of show
ers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. West
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA)
is planning a project that will help the envi-
ronment as well as the economy. The utility
recently approached the Okeechobee Legis-
lative Delegation with help for funding the
proposed $14,000,000 project to build an
east side forcemain and expand the sewer
system to include Treasure Island.
The east side forcemain would connect
the Cemetery Road wastewater treatment
plant with Treasure Island and proposed
developments on the eastern side of the
county. It would remove about 1,600 old

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AMARILLO, TEXAS-O.L. "Buck" Dan-
iel of Okeechobee, claimed the Junior Tie-
Down roping reserve world championship
title with Cowboys Playgirl 526, a 2005 DUN
American Quarter Horse mare, during the
FedEx Open competition at the American
Quarter Horse Association World Champi-
onship Show, held Nov. 6-21, in Oklahoma
City, Okla.
"Winning a reserve world championship
title is one of the most prestigious awards in
AQHA show competition," said Don Tread-
way Jr., AQHA Executive Vice President.
"Buck Daniel should be very proud of the
achievements with Cowboys Playgirl 526."
To qualify for the invitational event,
horses must have earned a predetermined
number of points in AQHA-approved shows
from Aug. 1, 2008 to July 31, 2009. With the
reserve world championship finish, Mr. Dan-
iel took home a custom-designed silver-tone
trophy, Montana Silversmiths buckle, logoed
Cripple Creek jacket, Professional's Choice
product, medallion and a cash prize.


Christmas Cantata planned

The Okeechobee Community choir, in
its 11th year under the direction of Sandy
Perry, will begin for the presentation of
the Christmas Cantata, "A New Birth A
New Beginning" and other seasonal fa-
vorites. Last year, 65 singers represent-
ing 19 local churches participated. The
cantata will be presented the weekend
before Christmas, Dec. 18 and 19 at 7
p.m. and Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. Free tickets
are required for admission and are avail-
able at Okeechobee Health Care Facility,
1646 U.S. 441 N. For more information,
call Sandy at 863-634-7714.


or failing septic tanks whose drain fields
contribute excess nutrients to Taylor Creek,
Nubbin Slough, the Rim Canal and eventual-
ly Lake Okeechobee. It is estimated that the
proposed system could mean a reduction of
as much as 1.92 tons of phosphorous a year
into the lake. It would also lower the level
of other contaminants such as nitrogen, and
fecal coliform to enter the lake.
Preliminary costs for the Treasure Island
sewer system are $7,000,000. The utility has
been using the engineering firm of Metszar


& Willard to do preliminary engineering, de-
sign and permitting for the project. The pro-
posed east side forcemain would be about
9 miles long and require at least one mas-
ter pump station. The estimated cost of the
forcemain is $7,600,000.
These two projects would create con-
struction jobs as well as additional perma-
nent new employment.
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Date Dec. 7 and 8
Cows
Breaking $43.50
Cutter $38.00
Canner $25.00
Bulls
1000-1500 $47.00
1500-2000 $54.50
Monday Ti
Calves 629
Cows 39


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Bulls
Yrlngs
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170-190
200-250


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$46.00
$46.00
$48.00
$57.50
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1778
248


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731 2181
Steers Hfrs
130-160
135-145 107-140


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350-400
400-450
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this week, except cows and
bulls were a couple dollars
higher. Good quality calves
are selling good plain
calves look cheap. Steve
McWatters topped the calf
market with a high of $1,80,
bought by Reynolds. Adams
Ranch topped the cow mar-
ket with high of $49, bought
by Central. One more week
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By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee City Firemen will once again
host their popular Santa on the Fire Truck
visits this year.
Fire Chief Herb Smith said residential ar-
eas of the city will be visited between Dec.
17 and 19.
Santa Claus will visit the northeast and
northwest sections on Thursday, Dec. 17,
the southwest section on Friday, Dec. 18,
and the southeast section on Saturday, Dec.
19.
Chief Smith said the public and even
the firemen look forward to the event each
year.
"It is always a good thing. The commu-
nity response is very positive. Everybody
seems to love it," he said.
Chief Smith said the program builds mo-
rale for the firemen as they allow their family
members to ride along on the truck.
He did urge parents to keep their children
from running up to the fire truck when Santa
arrives because it can be dangerous. He stat-
ed there are blind spots on the truck where
firemen can't see the small children below.


"We advise parents to keep a hold of their
children and keep them from running up to
the truck," he said.
The firemen also try to help those with
special needs and disabilities where pos-
sible.
Anyone with questions can call the fire
department at 863-467-1586.
Chief Smith said firemen also have a
number of tips for people who are decorat-
ing their homes this year. He advises people
to make sure they use outdoor lights when
hanging lights on their homes. These lights
are specially equipped to deal with the expo-
sure and moisture of being outside.
He also urges residents to keep their live
Christmas trees saturated with water so they
don't dry out. "Every year we have a prob-
lem with the real trees because people let
them dry out," he explained.
All Christmas lights should be turned off
before you retire for your long winters nap,
he continued. He also advised against the
purchase of cheap extension cords. Chief
Smith said there haven't been fires sparked
by Christmas lights in the past few years,
"We haven't had anything in the last couple
of years. People have been really good about


it. A few years back we had issues but noth-
ing recently."
Another concern for firemen this time of
year is space heaters and alternative heat-
ing mechanisms that can include kerosene
heaters and even charcoal grills. Chief Smith
said most people don't realize these heaters
can be easily knocked over by children and
even animals. He noted shirts, and other
flammable materials can easily fall on these
heating devices and cause fires. "Don't use
them as permanent heating devices. They
are designed for temporary purposes only,"
he added.
Mr. Smith said space heaters are firefight-
er's biggest headache this time of year. He
noted you should also keep these heaters in
the middle of the room if possible. "A lot of
this comes down to common sense. Use a
little bit of common sense and think ahead.
Please realize what these things can do."
Mr. Smith also urged people to check the
batteries in their smoke detectors once a
year. He said if there is a problem with the
Christmas lights and space heaters, having a
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New logo
The Okeechobee Contractors Association recently asked members of Carey
Pung's digital design class at OHS to design a new logo for them. On Thurs-
day, Dec. 10 the contractors' association presented a gift card to the student
who designed the logo that was selected. Taking part in the presentation
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ciation and Gerardo Bustos, the student who designed the logo.

Christmas boat parade planned


The Okeechobee Yatchette Club and
Butch's Redneck Yatch Club will hold their
annual boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 19.
The public is welcome. Decorate your
boats and meet on Taylor Creek at Hwy.
70 by Burger King between 5:30 and 6


p.m. The parade begins at 6 p.m. and goes
down Taylor Creek to the rim canal and left
to Butch's Fish Camp. There will be prizes
for the best decorated boats. For informa-
tion, call Arnie Whelpley at 863-634-4777.


Special to the Okeechobee News/SES

Students of the Week
Students of the week at South Elementary for the week of Dec. 11, are: Summer
Smith, Jose Sanchez, Catelyn Gehle, Yesenia Leon, Nate Wilson, Raquel Todd,
Emily Land, Shaun Penrod, Rebecca Rhoden, Stormy Requena, Rebecca Bras-
hears, Florivella Gonzales, Sydney Hendrix, John Michael Collier, Koby Chap-
man, Savannah Hendrix, Timothy Schneider, Destani Whaley, and Robert Muniz.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Proposed Amendment to Code of

Ordinances of Okeechobee County, Florida

Notice is hereby given that there will be a Public Hearing before the
Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners to receive public input
regarding adoption of an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of
Okeechobee County, Florida. The title of the proposed ordinance is:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION-
ERS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE
CODE OF ORDINANCES OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORI-
DA, PARTII, LAND DEVELOPMENTREGULATIONS, AMENDING
IN ITS ENTIRETY ARTICLE V CONSISTENCY AND CONCUR-
RENCY DETERMINATIONS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY,
CODIFICATION AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

The public hearing will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 9:00
a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room at the Okeechobee County Health
Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.

Interested persons may appear and be heard. This public hearing will be the
first of two public hearings.

A copy of the proposed amendments will be available for public inspection at
the Planning and Development Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue,
Okeechobee, Florida each weekday, Monday through Friday, except holidays
between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of County
Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hear-
ing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and
that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
will be based. County Clerk takes are for the sole purpose of backup from
official records of the Clerk.

Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Sandra Pearce
Homecoming Attendants
Justin Morgan, Taylor Fulford, Billy Childers, Lauren Halliday, Austin Ham-
ilton, Karli Rowell were Sophomore Court Attendants for Okeechobee High
School Homecoming.

Order turkeys and smoked pork for the holidays
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge is taking orders for Whole roasted Turkeys and
Smoked Pork Butts. Orders must be made and paid for by Dec. 22. Orders can be picked
up on Christmas Day from 9 a.m. until noon at the Masonic Lodge. Place orders at Por-
ter's Cleaners, 1700 S. Parrott Ave. Roasted turkeys are $30 each and Smoked Pork Butts
are $25. Cash, check and charge are accepted. Proceeds will benefit Okeechobee Youth
Activities


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Special to the Okeechobee News/OMS
Students of the week
Teachers at Osceola Middle School are letting Santa know they want more
students like these! Congratulations to these students for being selected
by their teachers as responsible, respectful, and safe OMS Warriors! Stand-
ing, left to right: Aliyah Murray, Imari Roberts, Apryle Roberts, Eddie Neal,
Stormy Stokes. Kneeling in front are, left to right: Ashlan White, Emily Alicea,
Tyler Chouinard, Willie Pattison.

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Students of the week
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4, were treated to Domino's pizza on Thursday, Dec. 3. They dined with
Principal, Mrs. Bass, Dean Mr. Burk, Guidance Counselor Mrs. McGlamory,
and SRO Deputy Holmes. These students were selected from among many
in teachers' classes as representing the most respectful and responsible
students at OMS. Congratulations, Wonderful Warriors! Seated from left to
right: Tasneem Tarranum, Pablo Alvarez, Manuel Ramirez; standing from left
to right: Johnny Sanchez, Jazmin Franco, Sean Pyper.

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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Kenny Murphy receives his certificate
for qualifying for the regional swim
meet from Superintendent Dr. Patricia
Cooper.
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Celena Letcher was honored for reach-
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Savannah Asmussen receives her
award from Superintendent Dr. Patricia
Cooper.


OCEA President Candy Walker spoke
against the agreement. She stated the former
negotiator earned $12,000 per year. She said
this is a 25 percent increase over last year.
"In a year when employees were asked to
only receive a step increase, OCEA finds this
outrageous to sign a contract of such an in
creased amount. The employees would be so
lucky to have an increase in salary," she said.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Cooper said the
new negotiator will provide more services. She
explained his company has well over 100 ex
perts who can assist the district.
The School board voted unanimously, 4-0,
to approve the contract.
"As a person that gave back five percent of
her salary, I don't have an issue with this con
tract," Chairperson Kelly Owens said.
The board agreed to participate in the De
apartment of Defense Fresh Produce Program.
The district should save $15,000 annually in the
purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The board also accepted the resignation of
Cathleen Blair, Director of the ESE program.
Dr. Cooper said seniors and juniors did well
on the FCAT retakes. Seniors were actually the
best in the state on the retake this year.
The new DATA processing building is nearly
ready to open. A target date for operation is
Dec. 21.
Board member India Riedel was absent.
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Joseph 'Trey' Clinton
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ment officer without violence. His total bond
has been set at $61,000.
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of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), Robert Sallette
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determined later by OCSO criminalist Jackie
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Herbst, stated Detective Van Deman.
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Scott Morgan, of the Okeechobee City Po-
lice Department (OCPD), Perry and Robert
entered room 116 of the Traveler's Inn Mo-
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Students at Okeechobee High School re-
cently got a hands on lesson in water con-
servation. Members of Future Farmers of
America (FFA) were involved in a landscap-
ing project sponsored by South Florida Wa-
ter Management District (SFWMD).
The two day landscaping project used
native Florida vegetation such as palmetto,
coontie and magnolia that requires little wa-
ter once it is established. The project, which
was headed up by Susanne Tremble and
Lisa Kreiger of SFWMD came about because
SFWMD had some funds left over at the end
of the last budget year. They decided to use
the funds to involve students in a water con-
servation project.
Now, thanks to donated materials and
labor by FFA members, the school has an
attractive landscaped stone wall at the en-
trance to the school's ag barn.
Cap Stone Industries of Central Florida
donated the stones that were used. The
mulch was donated by 7L Brands LLC, a di-
vision of Lykes Brothers, Inc. Native plants
came from Tree Locators, Inc. All material
and plants used were local.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.

Holiday Events

Church to present Christmas
program
Oakview Baptist Church will be present-
ing a Christmas musical entitled "The Mean-
ing of Christmas" on Sunday, Dec. 13. This
one hour musical will focus on the experi-
ences of the major characters of the Christ-
mas story. Our drama participants are under
the direction of Jacque Hayes. Children's
Choir is under the direction of Wendy Reister
and Adult Choir led by Steve Murray. Perfor-
mances are scheduled at 3 and 6 p.m. The
public is invited and there is no cost. Nursery
is provided for infant through Kindergarten.
Oakview is located at 677 S.W 32nd Street
in Okeechobee.

Church presents musical
comedy
"You Can't Cancel Christmas!" is a mu-
sical comedy that will be presented by the
youth, children and adults of First United
Methodist Church's Theater Troupe. There
will be one performance only, Sunday, Dec.
13 at 6 p.m. The play is free but space is
limited. For more information contact the
church office at 863 763 4021.

The Meaning of Christmas
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 SW 32nd
St., will present a Christmas music celebra-
tion "The Meaning of Christmas" on Sunday,
Dec. 13, at 3 and again at 6 p.m.


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Pop Warner celebrates success at banquet


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Lil Brahmans celebrat-
ed another season of success on the gridiron
with the annual Pop Warner football ban-
quet Dec. 5 at the Okeechobee Civic Center.
Close to 200 people were on hand to
honor the kids, the coaches, and supporters
of the program.
President James Shockley said the pro-
gram has been very happy with the success
they've had over the past five years, "We're
very happy. A large group of individuals
make this happen every year. It is a great
thing for the community to support these
kids."
Shockley honored the four football teams
that competed this year which included the
Treasure Coast North Division Junior Pee
Wee team. Each player received a glass tro-
phy, a t-shirt, a plaque, and a DVD of all the
games they played in this year.
"They put in a lot of hard work and effort.
It's a long four or five months plus workouts
in the off season to get ready to play foot-
ball," Shockley said.
The Junior Pee Wee team was the sec-
ond group of Pop Warner kids that went un-
defeated in the regular season and earned a
championship.
Shockley said he expects the program
to continue to grow and achieve success in
the next few years, "It will continue to help
the next levels up. Competitive football at
this age is what builds higher leagues and
the high school program. This is where it
starts."


United Feed, and Tommy Clay donated
funds to pay for this year's banquet. Pat's
Floral donated flowers and numerous par-
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O.L.G.A. results
Ladies of the Okeechobee La-
dies Golf Association played a
"Get Aquainted" tournament at
Okeechobee Golf & Country Club
on Thursday Dec. 10. First place
winner is, Kay Duball. Nancy McAI-
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Lost dog named Busa -
Small, short-haried
brown and tan chihua-
hua lost on Highway 98
last seen 11-23-09.
Both front paws have 2
white claws. REWARD!
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or(863)801-3987

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Seeking Creative Individual to
Lead Kitchen at a
New Restaurant in Okeechobee
* Knowledge of local market
* Demonstrate ability to deal with food
vendors and food/supplies ordering
* Ability to schedule staff and control labor
* Ability to train all kitchen positions
* Emphasis on quality food, freshness
and presentation
* Emphasis on kitchen security and safety
* Above all: the ability to maintain a clean
and orderly kitchen with emphasis on
Public Health
* Salary: DOE

Email~ ~ ~ 1. rsmst area sdtaco


Local Restaurant seeking
quality, professional
Managers &
Bartenders. Fax
resume to 863-357-6737
or email to:
okeerestaurant@hotmail.com




NOW HIRING
Licensed C.N.A.'s
Apply @ 316 NW 5th St.,
Okeechobee, FL or call
(863)467-6399
License #32011249


VPK LEAD TEACHER -
for Summer 2010.
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RAULERSON HOSPITAL
a 100-bed acute care facility located
in Okeechobee provides a full range of
both inpatient and outpatient proce-
dures. Currently has openings for
Dedicated, Caring, Professional Reg-
isted Nurses to fill the following open
positions.

Med/Surg RN
(FT Nights) Pediatric experience
preferred.
*ED Charge Nurse (Days) must have 2 years ED
experience, ACLS/PALS required and TNCC within 6
mo.
*ICU RN ( FT- Nights)
*OR RN Circulator (FT-Days)
*OR RN Recovery Room (PRN-Days) requires call
and one year experience
*Risk/Quality Coordinator (PT/PRN) 5yrs acute
clinical experience required. Background must in-
clude Quality, Patient Satisfaction or Risk Mgmt.
Please log onto www.raulersonhospital.com and
complete an online employment application.


Lost Jack Russel NE
section of town behind
Mcdonalds 12/1/09 pm.
Please Call! My 4 year
olds dog.
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SANTA'S HELPER Let
me run your Christ-
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Bookeeping/
Secretarial Services
by Linda Seder
Okee area.
(772)801-9687



CLEARING & HAULING
Dump Truck, Back Hoe
& Bobcat Services...
by Jason Summerford
(863)634-7771

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Suckling Piglets!! -
Babies and Hamp-
shires Great Gifts or
Holiday Fare! Males
and Females (12)
Breeding or Eating !!
Makes Great Pets
too!! Ready for Pick
up Call Mike. $49
and up /neg.
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FURN EFFICIENCY -
TCI, On Lake with
dock, util/cable includ-
ed. No pets, $600/mo
$300 sec.
(863)697-3351
IN TOWN 2/2 very
clean, w/d, lawn maint
included, $800 + $300
sec. (863) 634-3572
ON RIM CANAL: newly
furn., lbr/dr, screened
porch, $125/week
(772)359-1640
VIKING/PRAIRIE Effi-
ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205

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TAYLOR CREEK CON-
DO: 1BR, 1BA, Pool,
Laundry, water & elec
incld Furn/or unfurn,
very clean $775 mo +
sec dep 863-824-0981


Employment
Full Time


Livestock


Employment
Full Time


BEAUTIFUL REMOD-
ELED, 1679 NW 6th
St., 2 BR, 1 BA.
$625/mo + 1st & sec
(863)357-0348 or
(863)610-0567
CBS 3/1 w/utility
room. $800 mo. 1st,
last + $400 sec. dep.
req'd. (561)743-0192
OAK PARK 1601 SW
34th Terrace, 3br, all
appls, $850/mo. $600
sec. No pets,
(863)610-0001
OKEECHOBEE 4br,
2ba, great neighborhood,
tile throughout, $975 &
up/mo, 1st & sec move in
(561)248-3888 or
(863)599-0156



ROOM MATE WANTED-
Beautiful place, available
immediately in BHR. Call
(954)553-6966



SEASONAL Taylor Creek
Condo, 1 BR, 1 BA,
Lake access. Pool. $1175
mo. (863)634-0663





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BASSWOOD HOUSE
FOR SALE: New ICF
Construction, 3BR, 2
BA, Oversized garage,
fenced, metal roof, im-
pact windows, tank less
water heater, owner fi-
nancing. Call for apt.
(863)357-1124 or cell
(863)447-1556

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LakePort Home. 3/2
on rim canal; Large lot
250'x 170' on peninsula;
2 out buildings; pole barn
30' x 40' w/dock.
$225,000
Call 863-697-8944.




REDUCED! Treasure
Island 2 Mobile Homes
on waterfront lot w/
dock. Owner financing.
$65,000 (239)340-4770





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2 bd 1 bath Good neigh-
borhood, fenced back
yard, lease with option;
$650 p/mo 863-634-3451

FOR RENT: 2/1 apt.
Newly remodeled. 12
miles north of Okeecho-
bee on beautiful ranch.
Water, trash & lawn
maintenance included.
NO PETS! M-F
$499/mo. Also avail.
newly remodeled 2/3.
Call (863)467-2982



BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230

DW MH renovated,
4BR/2.5BA, 1800 sq. ft.,
fenced 1/2 acre lot,
screened porch, shed,
Pioneer Estate area,
$89,000. Bank finance
avail. (863)610-1600

PARK MODEL, Large
Florida Rm., Very good
cond. Seminole Indian
Reservation Park on Rt.
721. $23,000 or best
offer. 610-349-1973





December 13, 2009 Okeechobee News 17


For Sale 60 x 14; 2 bd
2 bath in Adult trailer
park. Large kitchen,
Florida room, screened
in back porch facing
the canal, utility build-
ing, small garden area,
boat dock, fish cleaning
station. Many extras
call for additional infor-
mation. 863-484-0222
or 863-447-0437.

OKEECHOBEE Park
Model 40x12, w/Fla Rm,
direct Lake access (no
locks), $42000
(863)763-2221





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2001 White Pontiac
Grand Prix Auto, Air. Ex-
ec. condition. $1950
812-989-3022



For Sale: Utility trailer 6'
x 12' Tandem axles
(Heavy duty two loading
ramps) 863-634-9604.
RV/MOBILE HOME
TRAILER '79 33"L x
12"W all appls $700
neg (863)484-2436






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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast (DBA,
Workforce Solubons) Region 20
and the Treasure Coast Job Train-
ing Consortium announce a public
meeting of the Workforce Devel-
opment Board to which all persons
are invited:
Date&Time: Wednesday,
December 16, 2009 8:00
a.m.
Place: Workforce Development
Board of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd.,
Suite 100
PortSt. Lucle, FL 34986
PURPOSEQ To discuss matters
concerning the Workforce Invest-
ment Act, American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA -
Workforce Stimulus projects and
budgets), Workforce Employment
Opportunities, the Welfare Transl-
tion Program, One-Stop Career
Centers and the Workforce Devel-
opment Board (DBA Workforce
Solutons). A copy of the agenda
may be obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
DBA, Workforce Solutions
584 NW University Blvd., Suite
100
PortSt. Lucie, FL 34986
Should any person wish to appeal
any decision made by the Board
with respect to any matter consid-
ered at the above referenced
meeting, they will need to ensure
a verbatim recording of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in
order to provide a record for judl-
clal review.
341574 ON 12/13/09


NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
WILL HOLD A MEETING ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009 AT 9:00 A.M.
AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE).
A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST
FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DE-
CISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSID-
ERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE
PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO
[NSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH IN-
CLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO
BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING
MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK
BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN
THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
[N ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PER-
SONS NEEDING A SPECIAL, ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S
OFFICES BY CALLING (863)763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO
THE DATE OF THE MEETING.
NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUAT-
[C SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
WILLARDM.BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
DKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
(863)7634601 OR (863)634-3166
341367 ON 12/13/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO.: 2009-CP-212
IN RE: ESTATE OF:
ORPHA GAYLE TURNER
Deceased.
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE
ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has
been entered in the estate of ORPHA GAYLE TURNER, deceased File Num-
ber 2009-CA-212; by the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Flonda, Pro-
bate Division; the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Honda 34972; that the decedent's date of death was August
29, 2009; that the total value of the estate is $10,000.00 and that the
names and address of those to whom it has been assigned by such order
are:
NAME ADDRESS
Cnsty Peek 1011 West Maine Street
Ardmore, OK 73401
Christopher Ross 115 Monroe Street, Apt. 55
Ardmore, OK 73401
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or de-
mands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provi-
sion for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration
must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this Notce is December 6th, 2009.
Person Giving Notice:
Cnsty Peek/Petitioner
Christopher Ross/Petitioner
Attorney for Prson Giving Notce:
Linda Muralt, Esquire
Flonda Bar No.: 0031129
Walton Lantaff Schroeder Carson LLP
2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 750
Tampa, Flonda 33607
Telephone: (813) 775-2375
Facsimile: (813) 775-2385
340892 ON 12/6,13/09


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROBATE
DIVISION
CASE NO.: 09-CP-111
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF:
MITCHELL ALLEN RUCKS,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the ESTATE
OF MITCHELL ALLEN RUCKS, de-
ceased, File Number 2009-CP-111, is
pending in the Circuit Court for
Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is 312
NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972. The name and address of
the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorneys
are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and oth-
er persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or unliquidat-
ed claims, on whom a copy of this
notice is served must file their claims
wihthis Court WITHIN THE LATER
OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS
AFTER DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against the decedent's es-
tate, including unmatured, contin-
gent or unliquidated claims, must file
their claims with this Court WITHIN
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF


THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
The date of the first publication of
this Notice is December 6, 2009
KAREN SHANNON
Personal Representatve
JOSEPH M. HENDRY, II
Florda Bar No.: 0827060
Attorney for Personal Representabve
Post Office Box 418
606 W. Sugarland Highway
Clewiston, FL 33440
(863)983-5297
340835 ON 12/6,13/2009
NOTICE UNDER
FICTITIOUS NAME LAW
NOTICE Is hereby given that the un-
dersigned, pursuant to the "Fictitious
Name Statute", will register with
Florida Deparbtent of State, Division
of Corporations the fictitous name,
to wit:
Okeechobee Fishing
Headquarters, LLC
under which we expect to engage in
business at:
5286 SW 16th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 334974
in the City of Okeechobee County of
Okeechobee, Florida.
That the parbes interested in said
business enterprise are:
Koby Kreiger
Lisa Kreiger
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida, this the 10th day of
Dec., 2009
By: Koby Kreiger
341542 ON 12/13/09


Submitted photo/Okeechobee City Police Department
Chief Denny Davis (left), of the Okeechobee City Police
Department, recently accepted a check from Kiwanis
Club president Jim Vensel (right) that will be used to
purchase a portable breath test unit (PBT). OCPD offi-
cers will carry PBT units in their patrol cars as they step
up their enforcement of the Zero Tolerance Law, which
is aimed at saving lives by getting underage drinking
drivers off the street.

















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Annual toy


drive under way


The Big Lake Missions Outreach is
sponsoring their 15th annual Christmas
toy drive for the underprivileged children
in Okeechobee County. They are celebrat-
ing 15 years of proven ministry, reaching
out to the poor and needy in Okeecho-
bee. They are in need of gifts and toys for
children one day to teen. They will accept
gift certificates, checks made payable to
BIG LAKE MISSIONS OUTREACH and
cash. Volunteers will then purchase the
items needed. Receipts and pick-up are
available if needed. Also, foods are al-
ways accepted through Dec. 21. For more
information call 863-763-5725 or 863-697-
6433.


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IRS has money for


some Okeechobee


residents


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Unclaimed tax refunds checks from the
IRS are sitting on some desk in Washington
with Okeechobee addresses.
IRS Spokesperson Mike Dobzinski said
14 Okeechobee tax payers are owed refunds
that average $886 this year, which totals just
over $12,000.
"We'd like to get those checks back out
to these taxpayers," he said.
The best way to get these checks is to
visit the IRS website, www.IRS.gov or by
calling 1-800-829-1954. The taxpayer can
click on "Where's my refund." They can
enter their personal information and usually
find out in minutes their filing status and the
refund amount. In some cases they can get
instructions on how to resolve their account
problem.
Mr. Dobzinski said over 10,000 refund
checks were returned to the IRS from Flor-
ida this year by the postal service. He said
most of the time the person has moved and
hasn't changed their address and that is why
they don't receive the checks.
"A lot of people, due to life changing
events like death and divorce, move and for-
get to change their address. That is why the
checks don't reach the rightful owner. I'm
sure those people could use that money be-
tween now and the end of the year."
Mr. Dobzinski said one way to avoid this
is to have your refund automatically depos-
ited into your bank account. The IRS also en-
courages residents to e-file their tax returns
because that can reduce errors and often
can speed up refunds.
There is no deadline to claim the check.
When the taxpayer files a return next year
with a good address, the refund check will
be sent out again to the new accurate ad-
dress.
"I wouldn't wait until then. If you are
in need of the money, I would try to get it
now," he said.




18 Okeechobee News December 13, 2009


Girls basketball outlasts South Fork m- ....


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Keighly Stewart had a game high 20
points as Okeechobee High School held
off a stubborn South Fork squad 50-44 in
girls basketball action Thursday night at
Okeechobee High School.
Okeechobee played back to back nights
and it might have showed as the Brahman
girls appeared tired and listless at times.
Coach Tony Sherlock admitted playing
two tough games in a row can be tiring, "We
came off a tough one last night. I wasn't real
sure how we would respond."
The two schools had played last week at
South Fork and Okeechobee had basically


dominated the game. This game was a lot
different as South Fork changed up their de-
fense and kept the game close throughout.
Okeechobee led 11-9 after the first quarter
and 22-19 at halftime. South Fork had a cou-
ple of leads in the third quarter as Mariah
Newkirk hit a three pointer to give the Lady
Bulldogs a 26-25 lead. Okeechobee rallied
on a bucket by Markeisha Youmans, and a
tough inside shot by Jewel Buck, and never
trailed again.
Stewart said she was proud that her team
played solid defense and kept fighting, "I had
a pretty solid game. The whole team played
really well. I think we were a little bit tired
from the Lincoln Park game last night. Back
to back games can make you tired."
Okeechobee led by as many as eight
points in the fourth quarter. The game was


slightly delayed when a fire alarm went off
with two minutes left.
Coach Sherlock said the fire alarm delay
is something he'd like to see more with his
team as he'd like to see a slower pace at
times. "I'm trying to get them to slow down
and relax and focus on what there doing and
not be in such a rush. They tend to get that
way and that creates turnovers and brings
scores closer to what they should be."
The Brahman JV won their game con-
vincingly.
Okeechobee will host Fort Pierce Central
on Monday night.


Aetna. and United Healt care.

(863 76-64


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Keighly Stewart had a game high 20
points in Okeechobee's victory Thurs-
day.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Girls coach Tony Sherlock would like
better production from his team in the
half court offense.


TREASURE COAST DERMATOLOGY
Specializing in the Treatment of Skin Cancer

Okeechobee Vero Beach
863-467-9555 772-778-7782

www.tcdermatology.com
FELLOW OF THE BOARD CERTIFIED BY
AMERICAN SOCIETY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF
FOR MOHS SURGERY DERMATOLOGY
Jonathan Sanders, M.D., J.D.


COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE-FISCAL YEAR 2009-2010
NOTICE OF BUDGET AMENDMENT HEARING
The Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on December 17, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, at the Okeechobee County
Health Department, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of adopting budget amendments to the Fiscal Year 2009-10 Budget for Okeechobee County to
reflect prior fiscal year encumbrances and adjust cash balances for same.
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS


FUND DESCRIPTION
COUNTYWIDE FUND
General Fund
Transportation Trust Fund
Unincorporated Service Area
Fire Rescue Fund
HHRP
CDBG Disaster Fund
Capital Projects Fund
Okee-Tantie Enterprise Fund


REVENUES (SOURCE)
CURRENT Balances
BUDGET Brought
FY 2009-10 Forward
$ $
10,934,898 20,049
5,498,260 121,337
Fund 1,826,748 22,750
5,126,451 72,880
208,558 247,171
1,282,506 328,909
13,781,652 2,579,185
707,082 6,350
39,366,155 3,398,631


EXPENDITURES (USE)


Operating
Revenues
$
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


Total
$
10,954,947
5,619,597
1,849,498
5,199,331
455,729
1,611,415
16,360,837 7,
713,432
42,764,786


Designated
Reserves
$
123,502
278,765
174,909
277,155
0
0
659,192
27,947
8,541,470


Operating
Expenditures
$
10,831,445
5,340,832
1,674,589
4,922,176
455,729
1,611,415
8,701,645
685,485
34,223,316


Publish: December 13, 2009 BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA


Total
$
10,954,947
5,619,597
1,849,498
5,199,331
455,729
1,611,415
16,360,837
713,432
42,764,786


AMENDED
BUDGET
FY 2009-10
$
10,954,947
5,619,597
1,849,498
5,199,331
455,729
1,611,415
16,360,837
713,432
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Airboat Association collects toys
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association members held their annual Christ-
mas party on Dec. 5, to collect toys for two local charities. Members of the
association bought toys which were donated to Martha's House and Big Lake
Missions Outreach. All toys will be given to local children in Okeechobee. The
members also donated a $100 check to the Big Lake Missions outreach for food
purchases. For more information, please call Bob Koedam at 863-634-2938.

Children's Christmas party
On Sunday, Dec. 20, from 2-4 p.m. the Dec. 13 (today) to receive a gift from
Fraternal Order of Eagles #4137 will hold Santa. Refreshments will be provided. For
their Children's Christmas party. Children further information, call 863-763-2552.
must be on the sign-up sheet by Sunday,

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Okeechobee News December 13, 2009


Girls soccer team shows


improvement in loss


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Tiffany McGee scored a goal on an assist
from Emily Raulerson but it wasn't enough
as Dreyfoos School of the Arts defeated
Okeechobee High School, 7-1, in girls soc-
cer action Wednesday evening at Brahman
stadium.
Dreyfoos (7-3) scored two goals in the
first eight minutes and went on from there
to an easy win on the scoreboard. In real-
ity Okeechobee played well and trailed by
only three goals before Dreyfoos scored
three times in the final minutes.
Brahmans Coach Julie Bohannon said
she felt her team has shown signs of im-
provement in recent matches, "We look
really good and we have a lot of skill. We
seem to be losing it at the back end. We
have to work on strategy. We held our own
but a couple of lucky shots hurt us."
Bohannon said her team continues to
have trouble clearing the ball from close
to their net. Time after time Dreyfoos was
able to intercept clearing passes. In the first
half they constantly controlled the ball and
kept it in the Brahman end of the field.
"It's difficult to clear the ball. This is not
kick ball," Bohannon said, "We must have
someone clearing the ball better. We are
working on passing, and it's improving."
Dreyfoos Coach Stephen Anand said his
team got off to a good start as they passed
the ball well and controlled the ball. He
said Okeechobee is a building team and
they played his squad tough "Honestly this
might be the best game we ever played.
Our team has had some offensive issues.
We moved the ball and capitalized on our
position. We had some great attacks. It was
an impressive match for us."
Okeechobee did control things for a
large portion of the second half. They had
numerous scoring chances and did a better
job of keeping the ball out of their end of
the field.
Okeechobee (2-6) lost on Tuesday,
5-0 at Port St. Lucie. Bohannon said her
team should have been more competitive


Jaiden Barnhart #5 races to the side-
line to retrieve a loose ball during
Wednesday's soccer match.


against the Lady Jaguars. "Error after error
got us. It was a very frustrating game. Er-
rors really hurt us."


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MacKenzie Tomlinson #19 tries to de-
fend against a Dreyfoos player during
Wednesday's soccer match.


Hailey Venables (left) competes for
the ball during Wednesday's match at
Brahman stadium.


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Nickey Ingram #33 chases a Dreyfoos
player near the Okeechobee goal dur-
ing Wednesday's match.


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